What’s new?

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What's new?

If you’re not up to date, then you’re missing out on the latest features. That’s always been true, but perhaps never more so than now, with regular updates being the norm for music notation software.

Philip Rothman and David MacDonald review the latest updates to Dorico, Sibelius, Finale, and MuseScore, and highlight the most useful new features — and what’s in those updates that may portend well for the future.

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  1. David

    I sure would appreciate being able to read a transcription of your Podcasts. I have great interest in many of the subjects–but investing 50+ minutes of time listening to something I can read in 15 simply leaves me out in the dark.
    Surely you can deliver your valuable information in an additional manner that is not linear–especially with transcription software available?
    I enjoy banter as much as the next guy, and your voices project personality–but I need information that is readily available.
    I read almost all of what you print, and look forward to the articles–but I always look at the Podcasts, sigh–and move on. I just don’t have the time…

    1. ChihYang

      Me too~~

    2. Philip Rothman

      Hi David. Thanks for taking the time to comment. The interesting thing is that the podcast has introduced a whole new audience to Scoring Notes, that never or hardly ever read an article, and provided existing Scoring Notes readers with a new way to enjoy our content. It is its own medium and I understand that some people prefer one or the other.

      Transcription software, while helpful, would not be of publication quality without additional editing, and then we might feel compelled to add images, illustrations, etc. It takes time, which unfortunately is in short supply at the moment. I always take it as a compliment when our audience makes these requests, since we aim to provide Scoring Notes content at a level you might expect from larger publications, and hopefully the quality reflects it, but the reality is that it’s mostly me, David, and a handful of very talented colleagues who work on Scoring Notes on a largely volunteer basis, and keep the content completely free of charge to our readers and listeners.

      We understand the importance Scoring Notes has to our field, and we did provide a transcript of one of our more popular episodes, “How to charge for music preparation“, and if you compare it to the AI-generated transcript, there are probably thousands of edits that needed to be made, and we added section headers and other ways to break up the text. So while it may seem easy to deliver the podcast in this manner, it is not exactly so, without additional time invested.

      In the case of this particular podcast episode, a transcript would have been largely unnecessary because we mostly covered this material in existing Scoring Notes articles. Usually I try to include relevant links to Scoring Notes articles in the show notes, but neglected to do so on this one. Apologies for that oversight, and you’ll now find links to all of the Scoring Notes articles in the show notes for this episode. And, you’ll find more articles in our Product Guide.

      Finally, I understand that your time is very valuable, so in the event that there is a podcast episode that you want to breeze through, and there is not corresponding content already on Scoring Notes, most podcast players have an option to listen at 1.5x or 2x, and some offer additional gradations such as 1.25x. While we hope that our listeners enjoy the relaxed and fun manner in which we discuss the topics of the day, and already edit the episodes so that they move along nicely at 1x, I certainly won’t be offended if you choose to speed-listen at a faster pace.

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